March 20, 2008
Poly High School’s violin prodigy Aishu Venkataraman will perform a special concert 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12 at the Cal State Long Beach University Theatre to benefit the Baylor College of Medicine’s International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. The Poly High School Jazz Band will perform as the opening act.
Performing the “Rhythm Expressions” concert with Aishu will be four renowned Indian drummers, including her father, V.R. Venkataraman. Aishu has chosen the Baylor initiative as her senior service learning project and has raised more than $5,000 for the effort from concert proceeds and sales of her new album, Bliss, released commercially last fall.
The suggested donation for the concert is $25 for adults and $5 for children and students, with checks payable to BIPAI. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 756-3500.
The father-daughter Venkataraman team is multi-talented. Daughter Aishu is an honor student and will earn her college degree in music by the time she completes high school. Father V.R. is a professional drummer and mathematics professor. He also currently teaches four-hour Saturday SAT prep classes at Jordan High School and recently completed such a class at Cabrillo High School, where about 80 Cabrillo eleventh graders finished the free, six-week session.